Helping Democracies Win Against Authoritarian Assaults

February 3, 2023

Army Navy Club

901 17th Street NW
Washington, D.C.


11:00 a.m.

Sasha Toperich
TLN Executive Vice President

11:05 a.m.
Keynote Address

Spencer Boyer
Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and NATO Policy, U.S. Department of Defense

General Chris Badia
NATO Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Transformation

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
“Threats to Ukraine and Taiwan: Similarities and Differences”
Russia’s further invasion of Ukraine and China’s threats against Taiwan have challenged the world’s democracies to respond. Yet some argue for prioritizing one challenge over the other, and others warn about constraints on our ability to confront both challenges adequately. How should like-minded democracies address these threats?


Daniel Hamilton
TLN President

Oleksiy Goncharenko
Member of Parliament, Ukraine

Ryan Hass
Senior Fellow and the Michael H. Armacost Chair, Brookings Institution


Steve Herman
Chief National Correspondent, Voice of America


John Craig
TLN Senior Fellow 

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch Break

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
“Helping Ukraine Win On and Off the Battlefield”
Ukraine is the epicenter of a new global contest between forces of disruption and resilience. Russia’s assaults on Ukrainian society signal an escalatory turn in the war. Without further support, disruption off the battlefield threatens to erase Ukraine’s frontline gains.  How can Ukraine and its partners best respond?


John E. Herbst
Senior Director of the Eurasia Center, Atlantic Council

James Pinkerton
Commentator and political analyst


Debra Cagan
TLN Distinguished Fellow


Michael Barbero
TLN Vice President

3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Coffee Break

3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
“How to Confront Expanding Russian and Chinese influence in the Western Balkans”
Homegrown challenges such as corruption, weak judiciaries, and human rights abuses remain the biggest hurdles for many Western Balkan countries. Russia and China are exploiting these vulnerabilities to expand their influence. How can these efforts be countered, and how can the region progress toward the European mainstream?


Margarita Assenova
The Jamestown Foundation

Slavica Grkovska
Deputy Prime Minister in charge of good governance policies, Republic of North Macedonia

Fatmir Mediu
Member of Parliament, Republic of Albania


Sasha Toperich
TLN Executive Vice President


5:15 p.m.
Closing Remarks

Joel Starr
TLN Senior Fellow


Army Navy Club in Washington, D.C. / February 3, 2023